Selby Area Guide

Local Area Guide from Reeds Rains Selby, North YorkshireLocal Area Guide from Reeds Rains Selby, North Yorkshire

Selby is a small town a short drive away from the city of York, although they are also connected by frequent bus and train links. York is then served by a direct rail services to Kings Cross, London, and the Trans Pennine route to Manchester via Leeds. Selby, while being delightfully quiet and small, is still easily linked to the rest of the country. Selby has various restaurants and quaint tea rooms along with well-known shops and main street banks.

Selby has a mixture of residents covering all aspects from first time buyers, commuters, and young families to those enjoying their retirement here. The area is also very popular with investors. Property types range in shape and size from one bedroom apartments in the town to popular two and three bedroom semi-detached, through to detached properties ranging from three to six bedrooms with land attached.

The manager of Reeds Rains Selby office, Andrew Jacques says: “Selby is a market town with plenty of new build properties going up alongside various resale properties of all shapes and sizes. Selby and surrounding villages are becoming more popular with clients moving into the area instead of York as the prices are much cheaper and they are finding more for their money, with York being within easy access.”

As one of Selby's most popular estate agents, Reeds Rains has a range of properties for sale and rent from apartments and houses to converted barns along with new build developments. The most popular apartments in recent years were on Chapel House Court with prices ranging from £59,950 to £92,950 for one and three bedrooms. Typically you can pick up a 3 bedroomed semi-detached house on the popular Westbourne Road area for around £160,000, through to detached houses selling for between £200,000 to £650,000 in Brayton and the very popular Leeds Road area.

The Selby estate agency branch is located near Selby's most famous landmark, Selby Abbey. The Abbey was built on the river Ouse at the point where the first Abbot, Benedict, saw three swans land on the river. This could be the reason why the swans are depicted on the Abbey's coat of arms. 

Among the most sought-after areas are Riccall and North Duffield which lie between Selby and York and are popular with people commuting into York. Villages like Brayton, Hambleton have easy access to the bypass, and Leeds Road which has properties varying in size and prices currently up to £750,000. The price of property to rent in Selby starts at about £400 a month for a one bedroom flat, rising to £550 a month for a two bedroom flat. Houses start at approximately £450 a month for a two bedroom terraced rising to £600 a month for a three bedroom. Detached rentals depend on location and size and vary in price from £650 month to £850 month on average.

The Selby area benefits from a diverse selection of popular high street shops and smaller independent boutiques. These include Sainsburys, Tesco, Morrisons, and Aldi for weekly grocery shopping. Molly Sharps is known for top quality cheese, and there is also a farmers market once a month in the square. If it’s cosmetics you are after, Selby has Boots and Superdrug on Gowthorpe. Selby really has it all – you could buy a wedding outfit, a home-made pork pie and get a set of keys cut, all within a 100-yard stroll.

Selby has recently opened a leisure centre which has facilities such as a swimming pool, gym and sports facilities. The leisure centre has everything from vigorous excercise classes (zumba and cycling, to name a few) to more relaxing classes like Tai Chi and yoga. The town also has a football team, bowling club, cricket club, rugby club, and tennis club. Selby Globe screens films on a regular basis and is based in the town hall which is also used as a performance venue.

The area is ideal for outdoor sport and leisure activities, meaning the Selby branch have no trouble convincing potential buyers to make Selby their home. The park with its play area is located opposite the Abbey and is very popular with families in the summer.